California Department of Fish and Wildlife

2013 California Fishing Passport Events


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Photos from the IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
held at the Berkeley Pier on June 23, 2012
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January 10-13
International Sportsmen's Exposition
Cal Expo, Sacramento
The largest outdoor sportsmen's exposition in the north state, this is a very popular show and includes a free Youth Fair for kids 12 and under, including a large pond full of rainbow trout. Everyone who fished received Fishing Passports, the California Fin Fish and Shellfish Identification book. All anglers who successfully caught a fish also received a stamp in their passport books.
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March 6-10
Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle, Boat and Travel Show
Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach
The Fred Hall Long Beach Show is one of the top outdoor recreation shows around and features the largest selection of the nation's leading equipment manufacturers and industry leaders. It also includes trout fishing and casting lessons for the kids. This is the largest outdoor sportfishing show in Southern California.
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March 21-24
Fred Hall Fishing, Tackle, Boat and Travel Show
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar
The Fred Hall Del Mar Show is a smaller version of the Long Beach show but also includes trout fishing and casting lessons for the kids.
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April 21
Day at the Docks
Fishermen's Landing, San Diego
The 33rd annual Port of San Diego's "Day at the Docks" was a great success. It is the West Coast's largest public celebration of sportfishing and signals the official start of Southern California's spring saltwater fishing season. A San Diego sportfishing tradition, Day at the Docks is held each year against the colorful and dynamic backdrop of the world-renowned sportfishing fleet on San Diego Bay, and again attracted thousands of fishing enthusiasts and families to the sportfishing landings in Point Loma.
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May 4-5
Northern California Dive and Travel Expo
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara
The Northern California Dive and Travel Expo showcased travel opportunities close to home and worldwide, as well as many of the nation's leading scuba equipment manufacturers and industry leaders. It featured the latest gear, scuba clinics, events geared for children, and many talks and demonstrations given by interesting and inspiring world-renowned speakers. CDFW provided the latest information about California's red abalone population, a favorite with freedivers, and copies of the California Fishing Passport. Attendees were also able to get their California Fishing Passports stamped!
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May 4-5
Women in the Outdoors event
Tejon Ranch, Lebec
"Women in the Outdoors" is an event sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Foundation and is designed just for women. Expert instructors taught outdoor skills, some of which included: fly fishing, spin fishing, shooting, archery, camping, primitive cooking, etc. The California Fishing Passport Program attends every year to support the many different fishing classes offered and provides attendees with fishing tips and to help interpret and explain the regulations for anyone needing help.

June 1
Chico's "Hooked on Fishing" Kid's Fishing Event
Horseshoe Lake, Chico
This annual "Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs" event continues to be one of the largest single-day children's fishing events in the entire United States! The event draws well over 4,000 kids, plus an estimated 2,000 adults. Kids 14 and under were invited to Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park for a chance at the 8,000 pounds of channel catfish that were planted for the event. By the end of the event, only about half of them had been caught. The rest provided fishing opportunities for local kids for the rest of the summer. The young anglers received CDFW's California Fishing Passports and California Finfish and Shellfish ID books and got their passports stamped. Admission was FREE, along with all tackle, bait and instruction. Kids even got their catfish cleaned for free.
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June 8
Kid's Fishing Day
Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery, Mount Shasta
The Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery stocked three ponds with trout for this fun annual event, and lots of volunteers were on hand to help with everyone's fishing questions. Free bait and loaner tackle was also available for whoever needed it. A lot of trout were taken during the event and the children were limited to two fish each. California Fishing Passports were provided to all attendees, and fishing passport stamps were given for each new species caught.

June 15
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
Berkeley Pier, Berkeley
This event was the first of the 2013 Young Angler Tournament series, held at the iconic 3,000 foot-long Berkeley Pier on San Francisco Bay. Historically, the Berkeley Pier ranks as the first of more than 120 public piers built in California. The event was free to the public and co-sponsored with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC). CDFW's California Fishing Passport program gave each participant a California Fishing Passport and California Finfish and Shellfish Identification book, and stamped passports for each of the different species caught. Some of those included: black perch, walleye surfperch, jack smelt, bat rays, smoothhound sharks, bullheads, as well as a few crabs that were thrown back. The winners of each age group won trophies and other prizes. In addition to catching fish, participants were provided lunch and enjoyed a raffle as part of their fun day of fishing.

June 22
Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville
Monterey Bay Youth Outdoor Day was a totally free event open to the public. The focus was to get kids interested and involved in the many outdoor activities available right in our own back yards. CDFW's California Fishing Passport program quizzed kids on different aspects of sportfish and fishing, gave attendees California Fishing Passports and California Finfish and Shellfish Identification books, and provided fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing information. With over 40 different organizations represented, there was something for everyone!
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June 29
Trout Fest
Hot Creek Hatchery, Mammoth Lakes
New to the Mammoth Lakes area, "Trout Fest" was a free, fun-filled day loaded with lots of fishing activities and fascinating information about California native trout. California Fishing Passports were provided to all attendees and fishing passport stamps were given for each new species caught. Kids and their parents attended this event, which was so successful that we expect it to be back again next year.
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July 6
Kid's Fishing Day
Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery, Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery, Mount Shasta The Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery stocked three ponds with trout for this fun annual event, and lots of volunteers were on hand to help with everyone's fishing questions. Free bait and loaner tackle was also available for whoever needed it. A lot of trout were taken during the event and the children were limited to two fish each. California Fishing Passports were provided to all attendees, and fishing passport stamps were given for each new species caught.

July 6
World's Largest Salmon BBQ
Fort Bragg
This annual event was held as a fundraiser for the Salmon Restoration Association, which helps to fund watershed restoration efforts. Attendees learned about salmon habitat restoration and other local conservation efforts, and indulged in some fish printing! Hundreds of attendees from all over northern California came out to contribute to a worthy cause, eat great BBQ, and listen to some fun music. CDFW's California Fishing Passports were provided and stamped!
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July 6
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara
The International Game Fish Association, the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California and Fish Talk Radio joined together to host this new summer fishing derby held on California's oldest working wharf, Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara. California Fishing Passports and fish ID books were given to each participant. This was a free event and loaner fishing gear and tackle as well as bait was provided. Special trophies and awards were presented to youth in each age group. In addition to catching fish, participants were provided lunch and enjoyed a raffle as part of their fun day of fishing.

July 20
"Fish for Life!" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
"Fish for Life!" is a wonderful non-profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting them out on the water to enjoy a complimentary half-day deep sea fishing trip. CDFW's California Fishing Passport Program joined them aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing equipped with California Fishing Passports for everyone, and stamps for each fish caught. These "Fish for Life!" trips are some of the most unique and special events held all year. This organization is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Their motto: "We're Spreading the Love One Boat at a Time!"
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July 27
Mammoth Lakes Kids Fishing Festival
Mammoth Lakes
The 26th Annual Kid's Fishing Festival was again held in the high Sierras community of Mammoth Lakes at Snowcreek Resort. As always, this California Fishing Passport event hosted by the Town of Mammoth Lakes was completely free. The trout catching was limited to kids 14 years of age and under but there was a full menu of events for everyone. More than 1,000 kids attended and nearly every child caught big fish! Loaner rods and reels were provided by CDFW's Fishing in the City program at no charge. Berkley provided the bait, along with tackle for raffle prizes. Local guides and other fishing experts were on scene providing a helpful hand for all who needed it. Prizes for the largest fish and raffle prizes were also awarded. This was another great outing for families in the Eastern Sierras!
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August 3
Kid's Fishing Day
Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery, Mount Shasta
The Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery stocked three ponds with trout for this fun annual event, and lots of volunteers were on hand to help with everyone's fishing questions. Free bait and loaner tackle was also available for whoever needed it. A lot of trout were taken during the event and the children were limited to two fish each. California Fishing Passports were provided to all attendees, and fishing passport stamps were given for each new species caught.

August 3
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series
Shelter Island Pier, San Diego
The California Fishing Passport Program again joined forces with the International Game Fish Association and the San Diego Sportfishing Council to host the 11th annual day of pier fishing from the Shelter Island Pier in San Diego. More than 200 kids (15 years and younger) and their families came out for this festive annual event. Free lunches were served to all. Trophies were awarded to winners in every age group, along with fishing rods, reels and tackle donated by sponsors. California Fishing Passports and California Finfish and Shellfish Identification books were provided to all participants, and passports were stamped for each type of fish caught. It's always a great event for young kids and families to all participate in together.
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August 17
Huntington Beach Huck Finn Fishing Derby
Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach
The 51st Huck Finn Fishing Derby held at the Huntington Beach Pier was again a fun and successful event and it continues to be one of our favorites to support each year. Seeing all of the kids fishing while cleverly dressed up as Huck Finn or Becky Thatcher is a real highlight. This year's event brought in more than 600 kids and their families and was open to children between the ages of 4 and 15 to experience the fun of recreational fishing off the Huntington Beach Pier. CDFW provided loaner rods and bait, California Fishing Passports, passport stamps and California Finfish and Shellfish Identification books. Prizes were given to both the largest and smallest fish caught, as well as the best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher participants. If you missed this special event this year, please try to attend next year. It's always a lot of fun for both children and adults alike.
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August 17
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series & Kid's Day on the Pier
Marin Rod and Gun Club
CDFW's California Fishing Passport program again joined the International Game Fish Association and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California for their fourth Young Angler Tournament series event of the year at the Marin Rod and Gun Club Pier. This year, the event was held in conjunction with the club's Kid's Day on the Pier. Youth from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area attended this fun event. CDFW's California Fishing Passport program gave each participant a California Fishing Passport, an California Finfish and Shellfish Identification book, and stamps for each of the different species caught, which this year included leopard sharks, sea perch and jacksmelt among others. Trophies were awarded to the winning participants in each age group. In addition to a free hot dog lunch, donated prizes of rods and reels were distributed to each participant during this fun day of fishing on San Francisco Bay.
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August 21
"Great Opportunities" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point

Dana Wharf Sportfishing and the F/V Dana Pride were hosts for a special half-day of deep sea fishing with Great Opportunities, a unique non-profit organization that benefits under-privileged children from heavily gang-oriented neighborhoods in Orange County. This organization tries to give them the support, tools and opportunities they need to see their potential and understand that they can achieve anything if they believe in themselves. CDFW's California Fishing Passport program again supported this trip with California Fishing Passports, California Finfish and Shellfish Identification books, and stamps for each species of fish caught. Again this year, 75+ children and group leaders attended. For many, it was their first adventure on the ocean, and most likely not their last.
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August 31
"Fish for Life!" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
"Fish for Life!" is a wonderful non-profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting them out on the water to enjoy a complimentary half-day deep sea fishing trip. CDFW's California Fishing Passport Program joined them aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing equipped with California Fishing Passports for everyone, and stamps for each fish caught. These "Fish for Life!" trips are some of the most unique and special events held all year. This organization is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Their motto: "We're Spreading the Love One Boat at a Time!"
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September 14
IGFA/UPSAC Junior Angler Series: Avila Pier Kids Derby
Avila Beach Pier, Avila Beach
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CDFW's California Fishing Passport program again joined the International Game Fish Association and the United Pier & Shore Anglers of California for their final Young Angler Tournament series event, held at Avila Pier. Youth from throughout the San Luis Obispo area attended this fun event. CDFW's California Fishing Passport program gave each participant a California Fishing Passport, an California Finfish and Shellfish Identification book, and stamps for each of the different species caught, which this year included sanddabs, croakers, and lizardfish. Trophies were awarded to the winning anglers in each age group. In addition to a free hot dog lunch and raffle prizes, goodie bags were distributed to each participant during this fun day of fishing on the central California coast.
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September 28
15th Annual Orvill P. Ball Memorial "Fishin' in the Pines" at Lake Cuyamaca
This is a free kids derby open to kids up to age 15. Trout fishing starting at 6:00 a.m. and a free lunch will be prepared by the San Diego Anglers club. The event is sponsored by the Lake Cuyamaca Recreation and Park District, 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036.
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October 19
"Fish for Life!" Ocean Fishing Event
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, Dana Point
CDFW's California Fishing Passport will again join the non-profit organization "Fish for Life!" aboard the F/V Dana Pride out of Dana Wharf Sportfishing for a day of fishing. "Fish for Life!" is headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected groups to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Their motto: "We're Spreading the Love One Boat at a Time!"
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